Sept. 26, 2013
Cody Parkey tracks down ball on ill-fated onsides kick against LSU (Todd Van Emst photo)
AUBURN, Ala. – Senior kicker Cody Parkey has been on target through the season’s first four games, and that’s a good thing for Auburn’s football team.
Since missing a 50-yarder on his first field goal attempt of the season, Parkey has made seven straight. He made three against Washington State in a 31-24 Auburn victory. He made three more against Mississippi State in a 24-20 Auburn victory. He made one in a 38-9 victory over Arkansas State.
For good measure, he’s 13-for-13 on extra points, and 15 of his 22 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.
“I’m hitting them good,” Parkey said. “A couple of kickoffs I haven’t hit as well as I could have. My field goals feel really good. Me and (holder) Ryan White and (snapper) Jake Lembke have a real good groove going right now.”
Parkey has made 17 consecutive field goals inside 47 yards.
In last Saturday’s 35-21 loss to LSU, Parkey thought he’d made his biggest play of the season, even bigger than any field goal.
With 6:32 left in the game, Parkey bounced an onsides kick into the air and grabbed it himself. Officials on the field awarded the ball to Auburn, but the replay official reversed the call and LSU took over.
“That’s a kick I pride myself on because we’d gotten it twice before that,” Parkey said. “There was one guy right on top of me, and I knew Jay (Prosch) would get him. I saw the 10 yards and I grabbed (the ball). I don’t know. I thought I had it. It looked good on all the replays we saw, but the refs thought otherwise.”
Kicking success, Parkey says, doesn’t happen by accident. He and senior punter Steven Clark lead the kickers, punters and holders through each day of practice.
“We try to coach up the young guys as much as we can,” Parkey said. “As a kicker and punter, we only get on the field so many times a game. You want to show out and show everyone what you’ve been practicing for. You want to execute for your team.”
The Tigers have Saturday off. They play No. 21 Ole Miss on Oct. 5 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff time will be announced over the weekend.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: